Being a parent is all-consuming. If we are not careful, we can become so worried with all of the things we believe we need to get done that we hardly ever stop to enjoy spontaneous moments with our children. There is something naturally playful about children. Adults are too serious and miss this innocent joy. This is not to say that parents don't have a lot of work to do. Of course they do. It's just that maybe we allow ourselves to get drawn away too much into things that just aren't that important. I just read a post over at Her View From Home where one mom shares her realization about this very topic.
While I knew having three kids in four years meant we would have times where we would struggle, I never could have imagined the fog of exhaustion in which I would live . . . and the complete loss of sense of self.
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It's a struggle that every parent can relate to.
But my now 6-, 4-, and 2-year-old kids are all at ages where they are playing well together. We are a daytime diaper-free house. Everyone can communicate using full sentences. Two out of three can get in the car and buckle on their own. They can all sit at the dinner table and eat the same thing vs. having at least one in a high chair with a different menu.
It's wonderful as kids start to become more independent.
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And while these little milestone bridges we have crossed have played a big part in me getting my feet underneath me, I’ve realized it’s actually the times that my feet AREN’T firm to the ground that have helped me find myself above the fog and within my true self.
That's an interesting sentiment.
It’s the times I’ve let go of standing firm in responsibility and to-do lists, and have instead set my sights on the carefree-ness, freedom, and fun that make me feel like flying.
I think she is onto something.
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It’s the times my feet are lifting my toddler up into an airplane position and seeing her own carefree-flying joy staring down at me . . . instead of keeping my feet planted in front of a sink of dishes despite her begging me to play.
This is so true. We worry about getting our little to-do lists done at the expense of enjoying these little moments with our children.
Because maybe the goal of my motherhood journey isn’t to get my feet underneath me, after all.
Maybe it’s finally learning how to allow myself to fly.
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Fly from pressure. Fly from the perception that being kid-like is irresponsible. Fly from the demands of life. Fly from the way society tells us that having it all together is where success is.
We all could use a little more of this thinking in our lives.
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